Deathtrap: Expeditionary Force Mavericks, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The human soldiers stranded on the planet Paradise have been recruited into an alien legion to do the dirty jobs that the high-tech species won't do. Their first mission is to kick the enemy off a backwater planet no one cares about. It's a simple assignment, except everyone has a hidden agenda, and the planet could become a deathtrap.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 3 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 10, 2019|
|Publisher||Blue Heron Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,896 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#32 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#99 in Adventure Science Fiction
#106 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
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follows the adventures of Colonel Joe Bishop, his away team and the
ancient and scatterbrained AI Skippy as they try to keep the various
advanced races of the galaxy from realizing what is going on on
Earth, or that *anything* is going on on Earth. 'Mavericks' is a
subsequence set on the series other main locale the planet Paradise,
where a UN force has been completely cut off from Earth and is now
trying to find a place with the alien Ruhar who own the planet (and
aren't bad guys, but who aren't going to go to a lot of trouble for
a bunch of humans who were, frankly, invading the place before
An unlikely sequence of events (yes, Skippy was involved) has made
Col. Emily Perkins 'Mavericks' team of human soldiers minor heroes
to the Ruhar, and she sees the way forward to intergrating with
them as pitching the humans of Paradise (along with a Kristang rebel
group) as an 'Alien Legion' for the Ruhar, able to do the dirty
jobs the Ruhar don't want to do, and do them cheap.
The first deployment of the Legion is in fact as dangerous and
tedious as expected (with one minor exception), but the fact that
nothing major goes wrong earns the concept a large scale tryout:
Evacuating Kristang from a planet that has just fallen into Ruhar
hands. (The mirror image of the UN's original mission, in fact).
The only trouble is that the Ruhar military really doesn't want the
planet, which is a strategic stretch for them, the Kristang are
taking time out from their ongoing civil war to get it back, and
even the sparse resources given to the Legion to defend it (which,
granted, they were never supposed to do) appear to have been
sabotaged. If the Legion fails, it sets back the tenuous cause of
humans on Paradise. If it succeeds, it has accomplished something
nobody really wants.
I thought this book was a bit of a let down from the initial Mavericks
story. The only really significant thing the team accomplishes
happens on the first mission, and is such a stroke of luck that I
will not be surprised if Skippy is involved somehow. If he's not,
it is just barely plausible. I would have preferred a resolution
involving the team's own ship full of down-on-their-luck Jeraptha
rather than the full fleet of them we got, and while I see the humor
in what motivated them, it didn't really work for me.
I do remain interested in this sequence and the main one. Perkins
is a bit of a schemer, and she very much wants to know what is going
on on Earth (Which as I said, Earth very much does not want anyone
All the books were five star reads. Joe Bishop and Skippy, the main characters, are funny. They feel like a real human and an AI, respectively.
This book failed spectacularly, in a way that Trouble in Paradise didn't.
I like Perkins, Dave, Jesse, Nert, and all the side characters in the main series and the novella.
But this book had so many grammatical errors and missed comas.
The pacing was so bad. The beginning was a scene involving somebody fixing a machine. Then there was some asteroid mission with slow pacing. Then there was so much talking.
I'm quitting this book. I read 30% in ten months and I can't keep reading. I kept trying to finish the book, but whenever I read the book, I was so bored with the dialogue and filler content.
Top reviews from other countries
Those continuing with the entire sequence of books, you won't regret the lack of Skippy, Joe and the MBOP. Sergun Jates and Nerty totally steal the whole show, and look out for the scene where the (SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER) and the (more spoilers) Sorry folks, but it's hard to justify why you need to read this book without spoilers. Oh and the last line (promise you won't skip to the end and read it?) will have you falling off your chair muttering WTFF?!?!?!?!? Did that just happen? And than laughing your head off. But that won't happen unless you read the whole darned book all the way through.
However, I'll leave you with this teaser.......
You found a fine time to leave me Loose Wheel!
(Book 3.5 in the Expeditionary Force series a novella ) followed by book 2 Mavericks (The sixth book in the Expeditionary Force series) I’d be inclined to read all the books in the series up until book 9 which I’d leave until last -I only mention this as I prefer reading books in sequence.
Entertaining in both action and characterisation and as soon as the next novel is offered I will be there, great stuff.
Overall a bit like Catherine Cookson novels in that the same plot is repeated but in an entertaining and lively manner. some of the US army speak is completely baffling but hey I am not in the US Army.